Friday, April 12, 2013

FF: The Quilt that Almost Broke Me.

It's done. The Sissy Love Quilt, aka, the Quilt that Almost Broke Me.

I haven't been quilting too terribly long, but still. This quilt should NOT have been this painful. And yet, every step of the process seemed to bring misery and horror and shame. Yes, Friends. Even shame.

(Okay, so maybe not shame, per se, but definitely misery and horror!)

This is as close to a full shot of the QTABM that I could wrangle. The quilt top is rectangles, peeps. Rectangles. Not even on-point rectangles. (This quilt should not have caused so much pain!)

I miscut fabric. I did my quilty math incorrectly, causing me to panic and think I had severely under-purchased fabric. Since the store I purchased the fabric at was over three hours away, it's not like I could just hop in the car and hope it was still there. When I did finally start piecing it, the top came together easily, but I had worked myself into such distress that it took me a few days to get up the nerve to even look at it.

The easy piecing lulled me into a false sense of security. So much so, that I thought the quilting--double lines 6" apart on the diagonal--would be a breeze. It was not. It was horrible. I used painter's tape to mark my lines, which was a bad idea because the tape shifted when I was sewing. Then, when I was about 3/4 of the way through, Agatha started having fits, and she would quilt an inch, and then the thread would shred and snap. Then, when I finally finished the quilting, I found puckering in the flannel backing.

It. Was. Awful.

I decided to machine sew the binding because I needed to be done with this quilt, and pronto. The binding isn't perfect, but it is done, meaning I am a happy girl.

So, here it is. The Sissy Love Quilt. Finished. Done. Finito.

I'm linking up with TGIFF at Quilt Matters with M-R and Finish It Up Friday at Crazy Mom Quilts. You should link up too!

This was a part of my Q2 Finish-A-Long list, woo!


  1. It looks great! I am having a project like that at the moment, that is taking forever when it should not have (ok I did not read all the instructions!). Great to have it finished though!

  2. Oh, poor you! I hate when the whole process seems a challenge. It looks great though, Audrey! Love the colours!

  3. Sometimes things that should be easy in theory just end up becoming a HUGE HASSLE. I understand. But yay, it's finished!! :D And it didn't break you, so you win! It turned out quite nice, too. Love the bright yellow binding :)

  4. Aww sorry you found it challenging but on the plus side its a beautiful quilt :)


  5. Hurrah for persevering! If I'm right, that gray flannel is the same as one I have. Isn't it so soft????? Silver linings :)

  6. Good for you for persevering. I'll bet it feels great to have it finished.

  7. Well done for seeing it through. I'm sure your next project will be a breeze!

  8. We've all had quilts do that to us. Kind of like babies, you forget all the angst after you snuggle with them a while:)

  9. I too get angry at my quilts when they act up...I stand up and say off to the corner with YOU! Frustrating! I hope you feel better and pick up a another project ;0)

    1. Ooh, I like the idea of sending them to the corner! Thanks for the idea for next time--because we all know there will be a next time, right? :)

  10. Some quilts just seem to be hard for no good reason. Hope your next project goes more smoothly!

  11. Some things just seem determined to drive us to despair! But it's ended up looking lovely! Congrats on the finish :)

  12. Awww - I have had projects like that too, that are so easy but the universe decides to make them unbearable. Great job pushing through and finishing it! It really is a lovely quilt!


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